From Michelle Malkin this morning:
Malkin also reports that after all the uproar, Senator Joe Lieberman is now cool with ObamaCare.
A Hill source says to pay attention to Sen. Ben Nelson. He is reportedly being threatened with closure of an air force base if he doesn’t fall in line and will be offered a “blank check” bribe bigger than Sen. Landrieu’s.
So does that leave only Nelson?
Vote for it and get not only pork, but the whole pig --- or shut down Offutt?
Dan Perrin at Redstate is reporting that Reid's enticement to Nelson is $300-500 million in earmarks to Nebraska.
Just think of all the bridges to fields in Council Bluffs that could be built!
(H/T to Right Wing Professor.)
From The Weekly Standard:
This is a "naked effort by Rahm Emanuel and the White House to extort Nelson's vote." They are "threatening to close a base vital to national security for what?" asked the Senate staffer.**Update 2:15**
By the way, TIME Magazine also notes that former Senator, and current New Yorker, Cosmic Bob Kerrey (he of the bridge to a field), is also lobbying Nelson on his vote.
You'll remember that Kerrey also was the "last" on a big-deal vote back in his day. Kerrey's deciding factor back then? Not on the merits of the bill. No, Rockin' Bob spoke to Bill Clinton from the Senate floor saying,
"I could not and should not cast a vote that brings down your presidency."
So Bob's apparent advice to EBN? "Don't worry about tossing everything you've said you believe in. Just worry about Barack's Presidency..."